With an aim to reach out to farmers and help them adopt the best agricultural practices, the Junagadh Agriculture University (JAU) will launch the first ever community radio station dedicated to agriculturalists in the state on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Anandiben Patel will inaugurate Junagadh Janvani, the community radio station of JAU at Saurashtra zonal Krushi Mahotsav to be held in Sinhor town of Bhavnagar district on Tuesday morning. The radio channel will be available on 91.2 FM frequency.
“The radio broadcast will be available in a radius of 15 kilometres from the JAU campus in Junagadh. We plan to air programmes on agriculture, agriculture science, general science and punctuate them with folk music and bhajans,” Amrutlal Parakhia, director of extension education at JAU told The Indian Express. The extension education department will run the station from a studio set up in the department building on JAU campus.
“Scientists from various departments of the university, JAU students, local NGOs and artists will contribute to our programme contents. Initially, we plan to air programme for an hour every morning. Based on the feedback from listeners, we shall design more programmes,” Parakhia further said. With this, JAU will become first agricultural university in the state to have its own community radio station. This will also be the second community radio station in Saurashtra after the one run by a cement factory in Kodinar taluka of Gir Somnath.